PIPESTONE, Minn. (AP) — A Pipestone County sheriff’s deputy is on standard administrative leave after he shot and wounded a man during a confrontation at a home in Pipestone.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety says Deputy Michael LaRock was called to a domestic disturbance around 6:45 p.m. Wednesday.

When LaRock arrived, a man armed with a meat cleaver emerged from a vehicle at the home. After ordering the man to drop his weapon, the deputy tried to subdue him with a Taser, but the suspect was wearing a thick coat that prevented the stun gun from being effective. LaRock then shot the man.

The suspect is at a hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D.

LaRock has been with the Pipestone County sheriff’s office for 12 years.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating.

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Comments (10)
  1. TRIGGER HAPPY COP !!! says:


  2. swmnguy says:

    There’s no situation cops hate worse than Domestics. Overwrought, emotional people; the police have already been called because somebody is out of control and possibly violent; the cops have no idea what they’re walking into and how their appearance might change things, but it’s their duty.

    I criticize the cops when I think they deserve it, but without a lot more detail to this story, I can easily see how this could be fully justified action on the cop’s part.

  3. bob says:

    That right, the cops are more afraid of domestic situations than any other and they are increasingly shooting first and asking questions later and of course there will be an “impartial” investigation by another law enforcement agency (read gang in blue here) and of course the shooter is given the requisite paid vacation while said investigation continues………….It won’t take too mush more citizen victims of the gang in blue before the public will decide that shoot first and ask questions later is the policy that they will have to folllow in order to protect themselves from the gang in blue.

    1. ugh says:

      Sounds to me like you have a reason to fear the cops. Maybe if you were a normal decent person they wouldnt have a domestic to respond to. Oh and another article i found sounds like the guy had it coming.


    2. tired of you bitter twisted, ungrateful people says:

      you had me at mush………………… mush mush mush, that is what i hear you saying. of course you, with your past, are going to be critical of the “gang in blue”, but the real world is wondering, why on earth, should these heros who protect us have to risk their lives to go into a dysfunctional home to protect somebody who will probably stay in this lifestyle anyway………….. but you go ahead and continue to focus on where your real problem is, your past.

    3. Kent says:

      I would really like to know what YOU do for a job so I can criticize the heck out of what you do or don’t do when you are at work. If you even work.

      1. bob says:

        I work my butt off to pay the taxes that support your lazy arse!!

  4. just sayin says:

    This is like, a week old!?!?

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